Departmental Student Advisor

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Lena M. Verneuer-Emre

Deparmental Advisor Master's in Sociology


+49 241 80 90369



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The Departmental Student Advisor helps with study-related issues, including:

  • Is the Master's program in sociology right for you?
  • The focus of your studies
  • Other organizational issues

Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions must be met in order to register for the Master's program in sociology?

For the mentioned program, you have to meet certain educational requirements described under Section 3 of the examination regulation. 

The requirements include the completion of a Bachelor's thesis with a clear sociological focus, and passed courses in:
(Introduction to) Sociological Theory (8CP), General or Special Sociology (6CP), Methods of Empirical Social Research (8CP), Technology and Society (8CP).

It is possible to catch up on a part of the aforementioned courses alongside the Master's program. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

What conditions must be met in order to register for the Master's program in sociology?

In case your enrollment was bound to meeting specific requirements, such as catching up on certain academic achievements (e.g. Sociology of Technology), these requirements have to be met before registering the Master's thesis.


What is important to know about registering for courses via the Campus Office management system?

The registration for courses and their corresponding exams is divided in two separate processes.
At the beginning of the semester, you sign up for the courses you want to take. This does not mean that you have signed up for exams! In the course of the semester, exam registration is enabled and you have to decide - for every course - which kind of exam (graded/nongraded) you want to take. 
Note the deadlines! Retrospective registration can only be granted by Examination Board (after application) and is only done as an exception.


What is important regarding planning the course of studies?

In general, you are granted the greatest possible amount of freedom in the way you plan the course of your studies. With the exception of the so called Forschungspraktikum, which is a yearly two-semester-course, and the Master's Colloquium, which should accompany your master's thesis, you are free to attend the courses of any module in any semester.

What is the Master's Colloquium and when do I take it?

The Master's Colloquium is set up to accompany your master's thesis and gives you the opportunity to present and thoroughly discuss the state of your thesis. Therefore, you should only attend the colloquium after you have started working on your thesis. Furthermore, you should attend the colloquium held by your thesis supervisor if possible. For this reason, you should contact your (prospective) supervisor in the inital planning stages of your thesis and ask about the possibility of attending his or her colloquium.


How do I prepare for my Master's thesis and how do I get a topic?

In principle, you are free to choose any topic you are interested in. Only in rare cases, theses are advertised and therefore predefined. Therefore, we advise you to learn about the research topics and issues of the department and to attend very diverse courses in the first year of your studies in order to identify your own interests. Since developing a research question can take some time, it is reasonable to already contact a potential supervisor at the beginning of year two. By planning your thesis early on, you can ensure that you can really start your work at the beginning of the fourth semester of your studies. Besides: The more care you put into formulating your research question, the easier it will be to actually write your thesis and the higher the quality will be.


What are the general requirements for a Master's thesis?

For general (formal) orientation, check the department's guidelines on writing term papers which is on this website and which is updated regularly. It is also advisable to speak to your supervisor regarding specific criteria.

How are students integrated into the institute?

The members of the institute always strive to integrate master's students into the acivities. the central way of doing so is to adjust the courses to our current research in order to enable feedback between teaching and research. Furthermore, you are always invited to join the departmental colloquium, in which PhD and habiliation candidates or external researchers present their state of research, or interesting new books or projects are discussed.

  • Late night thesis writing
  • Support for your course of studies